McCain Campaign Ignores Cease-And-Desist; Keeps Playing 'Barracuda'
from the legal,-yes,-smart? dept
Last week, we noted that the band Heart had sent a cease-and-desist letter to the McCain campaign for its use of their song “Barracuda” as part of the intro for VP candidate Sarah Palin (nicknamed Sarah Barracuda — or, as someone noted, Sarahcuda). As we pointed out, it appeared that the cease-and-desist was pretty worthless on legal grounds. As long as the venue had paid the proper performance license they could play whatever songs they wanted. However, just because it was perfectly legal, didn’t mean that it made sense. After all, picking songs from artists who disagree with your positions seems like a recipe designed to give someone else a platform to speak out against you.
However, it looks like the McCain campaign is sticking with the fact that this is a perfectly legal use of the song, and is ignoring the cease-and-desist. Video Savant writes in to let us know that the campaign is still using the song at campaign appearances by the candidates.